(Video) The love of theory is the root of all evil

Posted by: Phineas on April 29, 2012 at 1:01 pm

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In one of the best segments of Afterburner in recent memory, Bill Whittle explores the dangers of dogma, that obsessive devotion to a theory that leads one to ignore all evidence to the contrary, and the consequences be damned:

The genius of Bill’s proposition lies in its simplicity. Look at the Hell wrought on the world by some fools’ single-minded devotion to Marxist-Leninist-Maoist economics — how many hundreds of millions have died in Europe, Asia, and Africa?

Look at the trillions of dollars being wasted –the impoverishment of previously wealthy nations, such as Great Britain– because of the obsession with global warming, a problem that does not exist.

Look at our own nation, where secular priests demand we spend more, borrow more, and create more bureaucracy, in spite of all the evidence showing that, far from making things better, it’s only more of the same poison.

This battle is a fight between empiricism and intellectual honesty, on the one hand, and the emotional attachment to a cherished theory, on the other. For the sake of all that we hold dear, we must take that love of false theory, rip it out of the hands of those who cling to it like a soft blanket, shoot it dead before their eyes, and force them to face the empirical truth.

For their (and our) own good.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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  1. Xrlq says:

    Stating as fact that global warming either does or does not exist is actually a pretty good example of theory as the root of all evil. What is your basis for being so sure it doesn’t exist, apart from the fact so many climate scientists are convinced (rightly or wrongly) that it does?

  2. Carlos says:

    Socialism is a train wreck intellectuals are too dishonest to acknowledge wrecked more than a century ago.

    And until intellectuals have a “Come to Jesus” moment about that, instead of excusing all past failures because “the right people weren’t in control” – i.e., they themselves weren’t in control – their dishonesty will be the bane of existence for all but the effete intellectual aristocracy that happen to be in control at the time.

  3. Drew the Infidel says:

    @Xrlq–We can start with fraudulent research to support the GW hoax and stop there also. GIGO. Paul Krugman, who always looks like he is guilty of one thing or another, making a statement we need to spend money because it will be spent makes about as much sense as my torching my house because its burning down is a possibility, too.

    And all this time I thought Monday was the root of all evil.

  4. Phineas says:

    Xrlq:

    Stating as fact that global warming either does or does not exist is actually a pretty good example of theory as the root of all evil.

    You’re right, I wrote that in a sloppy manner. Of course the Earth warms and cools naturally. Let me rephrase it:

    “…the obsession with dangerous man-caused climate change, a problem that does not exist.”

    As for my certainty, it’s because I’ve seen plenty of good scientific evidence for natural climate cycles, and none for anthropogenic causes. In fact, what I have seen for the latter is plenty of evidence for (at best) sloppy research, the fitting of facts to models (rather than vice-versa, as in good science), and (at worst) outright corruption.

    So, I feel comfortable asserting my theory as fact, because I believe the evidence supports it.

  5. Drew the Infidel says:

    You got that right, Phineas. And the only “global warming” Al Gore has ever known is when his marriage hit the boiling point after Tipper got wise to the affair going on behind her back.